Project: Cradle Designed by Ball-Nogues Studio Location: Santa Monica, CA Website: www.ball-nogues.com Ball-Nogues winning entry for a public art competition sponsored by the City of Santa Monica, the sculpture is situated on the exterior wall of an existing parking structure at Santa Monica Place – originally designed by Frank Gehry. Continue for more after the jump:
Near the beach and the Third Street Promenade, the site is heavily trafficked by tourists on foot and in automobiles. An aggregation of mirror polished stainless steel spheres, the sculpture operates structurally like an enormous Newton’s Cradle – the ubiquitous toy found on the desktops of corporate executives. Each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination of gravity and neighboring balls. As a whole, the balls imply an articulated surface suggestive of foam or sea life.